Aside from stalking waves, endless surfing and getting stoked, another exciting thing you can do in La Union is to eat till-you-drop.Yes, you heard it right!  You might be asking, where the heck in this serene province can you find great food? As we found out, there are actually many wonderful places in La Union where you can eat to your heart’s delight.

To give you an idea where to start, here are some of the interesting restaurants we discovered when we recently stayed at The Circle Hostel for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Urbiztondo Grill House

Urbiztondo Grill House, La Union

Located just beside the National Road, Urbiztondo Grill House is a native-themed restaurant offering home-cooked Pinoy favorites. As it was also just a few stones away from The Circle Hostel, our good hosts brought us here for our first lunch.

Urbiztondo Grill serves different sets of delectable dishes ranging from all-time favorites such as Kare-kare (P240), Igado, Cordon Bleu (P150), Pinakbet (P85), Sinigang (P190) to grilled seafood like Grilled Stuff Squid (P220), Grilled Tuna Tail (P380), Grilled Tuna Jaw (P320), Grilled Blue Marlin (P105) and many more. Other in-house specialties includes Crispy Pata,  Tuna tail in tamarind soup, Patatim and more. Servings are big and can be shared between 2-3 persons each.

Everything they served us were excellent but if I have to choose a favorite among those food we tried, it would have to be the Kare-kare and the Igado. Just thinking of those two dishes already makes my mouth water. :)

Poro Point Thunderbird Resorts

Photo credit to Kaiye Pallarco of The Two Broke Girls

Poro Point Thunderbird Resorts, the only 5-star resort in North Luzon, also provides one of the best dining experiences we discovered in La Union.

During weekends, from 6pm – 10pm, this Santorini-inspired haven offers sumptuous buffet meals that will surely appease any appetite. Our dinner that day was a fusion of flavors; from American, Italian and Continental to the more familiar Asian tastes  such as Japanese and Filipino. Everything was seasoned well and scrumptiously cooked. I especially love the tempura that were cooked on the spot and the live acoustic band playing romantically in the background.

For the price of P770/head, the buffet here is relatively cheaper compared to what we normally have in Metro Manila that are usually price at P1000+ or more.

The Big Kahuna Restaurant and Clubhouse

Kahuna Resort

Our last but definitely not the least meal in La Union was courtesy of The Big Kahuna Restaurant and Clubhouse, one of the popular beachfront resorts in San Juan.

For our brunch, we feasted on a platter of grilled assortments such as Grilled Milk fish, Grilled Squid, and Pork BBQ as well as Ensaladang Talong and Kinilaw na Baboy together with a very refreshing blue iced tea. Every dish, even though quite simple, was appetizing and savory. Add to that the relaxing view of the open sea,  the playful waves and sizzling surfer’s bod and our meal was perfect.

For those wanting to catch their favorite NBA games, there is a big flat screen TV where guests can enjoy their fave sports at the same time enjoy their favorite cocktails from the in-house bar. Aside from that, there is also a pool table where visitors can play a game or two of billiards.


Urbiztondo Grill House
National Highway, San Juan, La Union.
Tel: 242-2579 /242-2580 /0905-6038023
Email: Urbiztondogrillhouse@gmail.com

Thunderbird Resorts La Union
Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando City, La Union.
Tel: (072) 888-7777
Website: www.thunderbirdresortslaunion.com

Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
National Highway, Brgy Urbiztondo, San Juan La Union.
Tel. No.: (072) 607-1040.
Website: http://www.kahunaresort.com
Facebook page: Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa

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